De-Stress study to assess the health & wellbeing of spousal carers of people with dementia in Ireland
The De-Stress study is the largest study undertaken in Ireland to look at the wellbeing of people caring for their spouse with dementia. Co-funded by the Health Research Board and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, it set out to gather information about the health and wellbeing of family members who are carers of people with dementia. In the study the research team worked with more than 200 carers who looked after a spouse with dementia (referred to as ‘spousal carers’). The aim was to find out more about their lives, their health, their caregiving and the impact this has on their lives. This study also explores the amount of stress they experience, as well as exploring the positive aspects of caring.